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Apr 9, 2017

On gaming, apps, coding, AR, & audio

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What's in this episode?

  • Introduction 0-4.15

  • 4.15 - 21.45 Interview with Raul Gutierrez, Founder and CEO, TinyBop on engaging apps 

  • 21.45 - 26.20 Interview with Alice Lacey, CEO & Co-Founder at now press play on engaging audio 

  • 26.20 - 34.55 Interview with Ed Barton, CEO, Curiscope on engaging AR and VR

  • 34.55 - 42.30 Interview with Mark Overland, Head of Education, Primo Toys on engaging creativity and coding 
  • 42.30 -55.45 Interview with Srinivas Mandyam, CTO, Tynker on engaging creativity and coding 

  • Outro 55:45 - 57.30 - with offer from ELTJam using code ‘edtechpod.’ Nice one. 


Sample quotations:

I’ve worked always at the intersection of entertainment and art 

I was never a good enough coder to call myself a coder. I was never a good enough designer to call myself a designer, but I was good enough at both to recognise who was really great.

The very first thing that I wrote before I wrote the company name is designing for quiet. How do we encapsulate the best parts of an analogue childhood in a digital realm?

What do you think about Betsy Devos? I think she’s a disaster! 

I think assessment is driving education in the wrong direction. 

We wanted to contextualise learning about the body by literally going beyond the skin. 

All off us are geek dads, I guess 

Who doesn’t like flying drones right? 

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Next up, a word from ClassCentral which if you’re into geeking out over online learning and MOOC reports like I am you’ll probably already know about! 

It's been more than half a decade since free online courses from Stanford kicked off the modern-MOOC or massive online open courses movement. Since then more than 700 universities around the world have launched MOOCS, used by over 60 million people. Gaining insight into this fast paced world is worth spending time on (especially for those implicated by such changes). That’s where Class Central comes in. 
Class Central launched at the end of 2011, and has kept track of the MOOC space right from the beginning. Not only does it list 7000+ courses, making it the #1 search engine for online courses, but the excellent MOOC report blog has deep analysis on what’s up, down, new or just slightly leftfield. With over 500+ articles written, Class Central has the most comprehensive coverage of the MOOC Industry.
I came across Class Central when I was preparing for a Department for International Trade webinar I was speaking on and found it invaluable. Since then, I met founder Dhawal Shah out at SXSWedu and he was excited to share the resource with all
of you. So definitely go and check it out at and let me know what you think!









This is an easy one for me as I regularly use Glisser at events because I frankly find it a bit WEIRD when there are people staring at you but you ignore them! Glisser is an audience engagement platform, and they also have an education offer for socialising lectures where they take regular PowerPoint or Keynote presentations and push each slide out live to student’s mobile devices as they are presented. Professors, administrators and students get valuable data on where information is really engaging, or needs reworking and staff and students can interact through the deck. You can check them out at



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